The government plans to introduce a system in fiscal 2020 to provide subsidies on a priority basis for projects included in municipal anti-disaster plans adopted under a basic law on developing resilient infrastructure, sources have said.

The system is aimed at encouraging municipal governments to draw up such plans promptly in light of a spate of major natural disasters in recent years, sources said Friday.

According to the Cabinet Office, all of the nation’s 47 prefectural governments had compiled anti-disaster plans under the law as of March this year, but only 229, or about 10 percent, of all municipalities had done so as of the beginning of this month.

The law allows but does not require local governments to have their own plans for comprehensive measures to prevent or mitigate disasters.

The government plans to hold briefing sessions for local governments about the new system.

In its fiscal 2019 budget, the government already gives consideration to subsidies for municipal anti-disaster projects to a certain extent. It will boost this stance in the fiscal 2020 budget.

For fiscal 2021, the government will consider limiting eligibility for the subsidies to projects listed in local anti-disaster plans, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, government agencies are expected to disclose their respective subsidy allocation policies for the fiscal 2020 budget.

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